Passed down by ancient sages the world over and seemingly proven by today’s scientific discoveries, this theory may actually be more than a theory.
“He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature…seeing the same Lord everywhere, he does not harm himself or others.” (Krishna – The Bhagavad Gita)
“Only when we pierce through this magic veil do we see the One who appears as many.” (Shvetashvatara Upanishad, IV:1-5)
“There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things…”
(Tao Te Ching – Translated by Stephen Mitchell)
“‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” (New American Standard Bible Matthew 25:40)
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.” (Swami Vivekananda)
“We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.” (William James)
“In this scheme there is nothing low, nothing high. For all is one, though we seem to be many.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
“Quantum physics thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe.” (Erwin Schrodinger)
“The doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.” (Bernard d’Espagnat)
“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” (Thich Nhat Hanh)
“Isolated material particles are abstractions.” (Niels Bohr. 1934. Atomic Physics and the Description of Nature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 57).
“Quantum theory thus reveals a basic oneness of the universe. It shows that we cannot decompose the world into independently existing smallest units. As we penetrate into matter, nature does not show us any isolated ‘building blocks,’ but rather appears as a complicated web of relations between the various parts of the whole.” (Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism)
“Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance.” (Nikola Tesla)
“Our environment is like a patchwork quilt. Each “patch” is dependent on those around it. If one part unravels, it affects the rest.” (Hemeon)
“We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose. Our loyalties are to the species and the planet. We speak for Earth. Our obligation to survive is owed not just to ourselves but also to that Cosmos, ancient and vast, from which we spring.” (Carl Sagan)
“…to emphasize undivided wholeness, we shall say that what ‘carries’ an implicate order is the holomovement, which is an unbroken and undivided totality. In certain cases, we can abstract particular aspects of the holomovement (e.g., light, electrons, sound, etc), but more generally, all forms of the holomovement merge and are inseparable. Thus, in its totality, the holomovement is not limited in any specifiable way at all. It is not required to conform to any particular order, or to be bounded by any particular measure. Thus, the holomovement is undefinable and immeasurable” (David Bohm. 1981. Wholeness and the Implicate Order. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, p. 151).
“Basically, everything is one.” (Barbara McClintock; quoted by Evelyn Fox Keller. 1983. A Feeling for the Organism. The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock. New York: Freeman, p. 204).
“The essence of all religions is One. Surrender is the main duty of everyone. Surrender means the feeling of oneness, I and God are One. Why? The reason is that the One who is present in you is present in me.” (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)
“For what you do to others, you do to yourself.” (Eckhart Tolle)
Call it “god”. Call it “tao”. Call it “oneness”. Call it what you will. Whatever it is, it flows through all things everywhere. When I look outside myself, there it is. When I look within, there it is. It is the tree, the flower, the insect, the dog, the babe, the mother, the rapist, the murderer, the table, the chair, the planet, the star.
I am left only to think that the true theory is “separateness”, and it has fucked our minds and our lives. It has disabled our abilities to forgive, to love, and to unite as a people and as beings with all beings on and off this planet. Separateness causes fear. Oneness dissolves fear. Separateness causes hate. Oneness is the root of love.
Why are we choosing to worship this false god of division when we can, in an instance that is the swiftness of pure thought, be cradled by the peace that flows through and connects all things?